Local business benefits from new prison

THE Lockyer Valley Regional Council hosted a local business 'meet and greet' with Serco, the operators of the new Southern Queensland Correctional Centre, recently.

The event was well attended by local businesses, with 100 guests representing a varied mix of businesses who provide a range of products and services.

In a presentation to the local businesses Serco prison director Scott McNairn introduced the company and some of the offender rehabilitation programs which will run at the new centre.

"Our fundamental aim is to make our communities safer by ensuring offenders leave prison as better citizens who can live more constructive lives when they are released," Mr McNairn said.

He set out Serco's procurement and employment strategy to keeping business local to the Lockyer Valley as much as possible.

The centre will provide opportunities to the local business community to supply the centre as well as encouraging staff to buy local and keep spending in the region.

Mayor Steve Jones and Lockyer Better Business vice president Bill Beckham both spoke of their support for the prison and for Serco's plans to buy local and to encourage staff to do the same.

Cr Jones said council had made the right move in organising the information evening.

"We exceeded all expectations on the number of people who turned up and I'm sure they all now have a better understanding on how they can do business with Serco and the prison," Cr Jones said.

"Having the opportunity of Serco coming to the area and for us to work alongside them is exciting," Mr Beckham added.

Prison director Scott McNairn said: "This evening has allowed us to provide the wider community with an insight into prison operations, service delivery and the quality of work we do with offenders.

"We are excited about the move to the new South Queensland Correctional Centre and about working with the Lockyer Valley Council and the community.

"At the new prison, my team and I will continue to serve the public by rehabilitating offenders and working to turn their lives around. We're pleased that we will be able to partner with Lockyer Valley businesses and hope that we will benefit the local economy too."


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